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by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Jun 2011, 17:35
Forum: Piano History
Topic: B. Squire & Son Upright with serial 36147
Replies: 13
Views: 16882

Re: B. Squire & Son Upright with serial 36147

It looks like a nice piano. Well done acquiring it :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Jun 2011, 16:48
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: DIY Silent system
Replies: 10
Views: 12648

Re: DIY Silent system

Cool.
Geneo, isn't that the same basic kit as PianoDisc?
I use Pianodisc GT-2 at the moment

How do the 2 kits compare?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
22 Jun 2011, 09:46
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Moutrie Pianos
Replies: 8
Views: 13116

Re: Moutrie Pianos

Here are some things I've noticed about some cheaper imported Chinese/ Indonesian pianos:- 1. Look ok in various coloured polyester finishes & easy to clean. 2. Poor quality mechanism materials (cushion felt/ cloth) - resulting in piano prematurely going out of adjustment (regulation) - after a...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Jun 2011, 22:53
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Moutrie Pianos
Replies: 8
Views: 13116

Re: Moutrie Pianos

Most Chinese manufacturers use names that used to be made somewhere else. It's just a name that usually has no ties whatsoever with the original company. The brand therefore carries no promise of quality. Currently, Chinese and Indonesian piano factories are being used to produce the world's cheapes...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Jun 2011, 22:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Moutrie Pianos
Replies: 8
Views: 13116

Re: Moutrie Pianos

Modern Chinese piano manufacturing companies snap up the old names to give the impression of history to their pianos. Some Chinese pianos are probably OK for the price. They are never as good as Japanese pianos which can be picked up for similar prices (reconditioned, not new of course) but it just ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
21 Jun 2011, 20:54
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Knight piano
Replies: 3
Views: 5532

Re: Knight piano

The plaque is likely a cheeky marketing ploy. The piano isn't likely to be a one off commission.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
20 Jun 2011, 11:43
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Camp and Company, New York
Replies: 1
Views: 3390

Re: Camp and Company, New York

Some of us here will be very happy to help
Please upload some photos showing the inside and outside of your piano for some basic info and a very very very rough valuation.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Jun 2011, 22:31
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Bernhard Steiner Information & Help
Replies: 9
Views: 15158

Re: Bernhard Steiner Information & Help

Please upload some photos of the outside and inside of your piano so we can help further.
Thanks
Mark
by MarkGoodwinPianos
19 Jun 2011, 00:31
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Overdamper action in upright pianos
Replies: 15
Views: 15649

Re: Overdamper action in upright pianos

If you have a piano with an overdamped action you probably shouldn't invest too much cash in it unless it has sentimental value to you.
Sorry to be blunt.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
17 Jun 2011, 17:37
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Keys clicking on new Korg SP170
Replies: 3
Views: 8458

Re: Keys clicking on new Korg SP170

Cut your finger nails ;)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
17 Jun 2011, 17:02
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester
Replies: 5
Views: 7475

Re: J. Herbert Marshall, Leicester

It's PROBABLY a pile of junk but if you could upload some photos showing the inside and outside of the piano then some of us will be willing to offer our opinion on this. Don't spend a penny before doing this as pianos for sale at £100 are usually considerably over-priced.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
17 Jun 2011, 17:01
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Ascherberg piano
Replies: 11
Views: 12241

Re: Ascherberg piano

Hi Marius, thanks for that. I'd like to visit South Africa one day :) Hi Bill, I don't throw many pianos away. Maybe 5 or 6 per year that's all. I'll be happy to show you photos before they are scrapped next time in case you want to arrange for them to be delivered to you. I would be very happy with...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
17 Jun 2011, 09:00
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Ascherberg piano
Replies: 11
Views: 12241

Re: Ascherberg piano

Please let us know if the piano is: - straight strung - cross strung (or overstrung) - oblique strung - overdamped - underdamped You need to find these things out as they are critically important when deciding if a restoration is worth doing. Otherwise you could be throwing money at it. By the way w...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Jun 2011, 15:56
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Ascherberg piano
Replies: 11
Views: 12241

Re: Need info on ascherberg piano

The answer is usually "THROW IT AWAY and don't spend a penny on it" Some forum members here are willing to help figure that out but you must upload a handful of photos showing the inside and outside of the piano first so that we can give you some general opinions. Our info should be all yo...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Jun 2011, 09:15
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Hopkinson piano age
Replies: 3
Views: 5155

Re: piano age

As Colin says check ebay regularly. Search once per week for "Hopkinson piano" and see what turns up like that
by MarkGoodwinPianos
16 Jun 2011, 00:04
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: RIP Uncle Ronnie :(
Replies: 5
Views: 8919

RIP Uncle Ronnie :(

My Uncle Ronnie died today age 85 He was a brilliantly talented pianist and lovely, gentle, eccentric man. His kindness and generosity to others beyond words Please click the video below to say goodbye to a piano legend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkQQT0wt6hs&feature=youtube_gdata_player RIP ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
15 Jun 2011, 16:23
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Overdamper action in upright pianos
Replies: 15
Views: 15649

Re: Overdamper action in upright pianos

I believe these pianos make excellent drinks cabinets and they are very popular these days.
You could keep the existing piano and then buy an extra piano to be used as a piano. Whatever you do, don't put it on the landfill!!

Let us know how you get on :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
15 Jun 2011, 15:34
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Very good and friendly tuner needed in Bristol
Replies: 1
Views: 4300

Re: Very good and friendly tuner needed in Bristol

Update!
I have founds somebody now. Thanks :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
15 Jun 2011, 06:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Very good and friendly tuner needed in Bristol
Replies: 1
Views: 4300

Very good and friendly tuner needed in Bristol

As close to the centre as possible.
I'm looking for a personal recommendation rather than plucking a name off the list. So I was hoping somebody here could help recommend someone.

Fingers crossed you can help
:)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
13 Jun 2011, 20:05
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Bill will know what it is
Replies: 5
Views: 6401

Re: Bill will know what it is

Random guess alert: is it an action carrying handle? I doubt it but it looks handle-ish.
Higher res photo needed :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
13 Jun 2011, 20:01
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Ask piano technician – Do you prefer Kawai K3 or Yamaha U1?
Replies: 16
Views: 24508

Re: Ask piano technician – Do you prefer Kawai K3 or Yamaha

I find that a high percentage of customers DO care about resale value as it is a question that I get asked often. Yamaha does win on that count because they are in much higher demand so it is easier to get a quick sale for a good price. Ideally though you should be doing what MDW has suggested and b...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
09 Jun 2011, 07:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?
Replies: 13
Views: 16758

Re: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?

P.s. I change my mind. It isn't polite to ask if a dealer is busy but I know the movers only ask because they are trying to be polite. Yesterday Yell.com phoned me. Part of his sales pitch to sell me google adword services was to ask me how many pianos I sell a week. That's cheeky. Then he asked me ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
09 Jun 2011, 00:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano mover caught overweight
Replies: 6
Views: 8781

Re: Piano mover caught overweight

Oh it's never full as I only deliver about 1 piano per fortnight. I regret buying it earlier this year as I now mainly use as a run around. I was planning to do local piano removals a couple of evenings per week to help cover my personal living expenses. But that didn't work. You can see I tried to ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
08 Jun 2011, 23:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?
Replies: 13
Views: 16758

Re: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?

The things you mentioned are also on my list but further down. In my experience when damage occurs, none of the parties wants insurance involved (unless you drop a bosendorfer as the customer takes photos) and any damage is negotiated away. In the 8 years I've been trading I've never had to claim ag...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
08 Jun 2011, 17:16
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Can anyone tell me anything about this piano?
Replies: 4
Views: 4745

Re: Can anyone tell me anything about this piano?

Barrie is correct that dealers won't touch this.
I would charge to take it away.

If you can give it away to a friend you will have done well.
Or you might get £20-£50 for it on ebay if you present it well enough.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
08 Jun 2011, 16:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano mover caught overweight
Replies: 6
Views: 8781

Re: Piano mover caught overweight

Interesting stuff.
So how many U3s do you think I can carry in my Sprinter 311 CDI Luton van? That's ignoring any ramps or piano wheels.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
08 Jun 2011, 07:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano mover caught overweight
Replies: 6
Views: 8781

Piano mover caught overweight

I know of a piano mover from the South East who was recently clocked massively overweight. They are currently have some time off work as a result. Be careful out there guys! Check your weight limits.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
07 Jun 2011, 22:22
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Billy Joel & Elton John....
Replies: 9
Views: 12139

Re: Billy Joel & Elton John....

:lol:

Actually, I learnt on.... A DANEMANN!!!!
by MarkGoodwinPianos
07 Jun 2011, 22:15
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Billy Joel & Elton John....
Replies: 9
Views: 12139

Re: Billy Joel & Elton John....

haha,
Or how about...

"momma is this piano Japanese or Indonesian? I won't play until you find out!"
by MarkGoodwinPianos
07 Jun 2011, 07:31
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Students with skipworthy pianos...
Replies: 5
Views: 7286

Re: Students with skipworthy pianos...

Lol, I know what it's like. Best is to be straight with them. If the piano is really holding them back they should know. The art's council in the UK offer a scheme called take it away where they are willing to give a 9 month interest free loan of up to £2000 for the purchase of musical equipment. P...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
07 Jun 2011, 07:30
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How difficult is it to start teaching privately
Replies: 9
Views: 13844

Re: How difficult is it to start teaching privately

They biggest demand seems to be to teach children of middle class to wealthy families and they often require you to travel to them Wealthy families have money to invest in their children. They'd rather downgrade the quality of their big annual holiday than cut off their kid's piano lessons. Therefo...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
07 Jun 2011, 07:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?
Replies: 13
Views: 16758

Re: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?

I don't think dealers want the cheapest. I don't think cost is their primary concern. You are correct that many "man and van" piano movers have sprung up and they are very cheap. However, when I've seen them at work they have the wrong van, the wrong ramps, the wrong covers, the wrong stra...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
07 Jun 2011, 07:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore shine to ivory keys?
Replies: 35
Views: 61695

Re: Restore shine to ivory keys?

It is not their religion that causes them to be loony, it is their fanaticism.
Guy Fawkes wasn't a Muslim

Fight fanaticism... or is it fanaticalism... or just radicalism
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 18:07
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?
Replies: 13
Views: 16758

Re: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?

Nice one Julian.
Thanks for popping on to post a reply. Well done!

So are you profitable now?
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 13:55
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"
Replies: 24
Views: 41779

Re: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"

If you are referring to my page it could be a typo... but I thought there was a Royale
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 12:12
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore shine to ivory keys?
Replies: 35
Views: 61695

Re: Restore shine to ivory keys?

Good man! I've added that bit too haha :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 07:56
Forum: Piano History
Topic: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"
Replies: 24
Views: 41779

Re: Eavestaff Pianette "Minipiano"

Hi Simon
The page below may be of interest as it details to the 2 main types of eavestaff minipiano. They are 2 very different pianos.

Eavestaff MiniPiano
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 07:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Billy Joel & Elton John....
Replies: 9
Views: 12139

Re: Billy Joel & Elton John....

Thanks for posting Steve, it's nice to hear from you :) I was made to learn piano as a child by my Mum. I spent many hours pleading to quit but she stood firm and made me keep practising and going to my lessons. When I got to age 15 I was suddenly quite pleased with the skill that I had on the piano...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 07:28
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Should we get the current instead of last year new piano?
Replies: 6
Views: 8147

Re: Should we get the current instead of last year new piano

A piano that has been in stock since October 2010 might be a particularly poor quality piano compared to others from that make/model. If it was a stunning piano it wouldn't hang around long. There may be other reasons why it is still stock that are nothing to do with its quality ie. perhaps the deal...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 07:24
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: International Shipping of Knight Piano
Replies: 7
Views: 10010

Re: International Shipping of Knight Piano

Question 2 - I received a quote from a company regarding int'l shipping. The cost for International shipping is 1560 GBP, plus insurance. Is that a reasonable price? And, is the piano likely even worth that much (factoring in sentimental value, also)? The piano is most likely to be worth just a few...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 07:23
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Just bought a piano off of ebay (uh oh!)
Replies: 34
Views: 28512

Re: Just bought a piano off of ebay (uh oh!)

Hahaaa brilliant! Must say that's a pretty good ditch piano! (Says the guy found it in a ditch in the video description :d) out of interest... Did the tuner email you? cheers! No tuner has been in touch about this yet no. Please make sure they are emailing me at markgoodwinpianos@gmail.com Thanks :...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
06 Jun 2011, 07:21
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore shine to ivory keys?
Replies: 35
Views: 61695

Re: Restore shine to ivory keys?

Johnkie, Your information will be helpful to others who visit the forum in future searching information on cleaning ivory keytops. Also, I hope you don't mind but I've used your comments to make a page here: http://www.pianopedia.co.uk/piano-care/clean-ivory-piano-keys Let me know if you'd rather I ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
05 Jun 2011, 22:19
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore shine to ivory keys?
Replies: 35
Views: 61695

Re: Restore shine to ivory keys?

1. Remove ivory keys
2. Bury them in garden
3. Say a prayer of apology on behalf of those who killed elephants or those who sold pianos with ivory keys or those who ordered pianos with every keys
4. Order set of plastic keys
5. Pay someone to fit them
6. Ignore me I'm just playing.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
04 Jun 2011, 07:57
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: What your Piano Tuner Needs - Please !!
Replies: 29
Views: 19658

Re: What your Piano Tuner Needs - Please !!

Im enjoying this topic. First post especially :)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
28 May 2011, 18:45
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Grand <£15000 ideas???
Replies: 27
Views: 23876

Re: New Grand <£15000 ideas???

Yep
Apparently he wants a Steinway instead so he's gonna sell up and then upgrade.
by MarkGoodwinPianos
28 May 2011, 14:03
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New Grand <£15000 ideas???
Replies: 27
Views: 23876

Re: New Grand <£15000 ideas???

Model V's post has just reminded of a piano I've been offered lately. It's a Yamaha C3 that is less than 1 year old. The asking price is £13,000 If you like I can put you in touch with the seller. I'm not bothered about any commission of course. It's a private seller who has been ringing around the ...
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 May 2011, 16:06
Forum: Piano History
Topic: G.A. DIENER London
Replies: 11
Views: 13571

Re: G.A. DIENER London

There is an email address listed in my site header: markgoodwinpianos@gmail.com
I was hoping you'd reply here. Surely this info is of great interest to all forum members. I'm astounded by the depth of knowledge and can't help but wonder how it was collected and where it was stored.

:)
by MarkGoodwinPianos
27 May 2011, 13:58
Forum: Piano History
Topic: G.A. DIENER London
Replies: 11
Views: 13571

Re: G.A. DIENER London

No trick question.
So you've logged details of all pianos you've tuned in all those decades?
Is it stored on paper or digitally?
How many entries are in your records?
How much info do you have that isn't in the pierce atlas?
Have you ever published anything officially?

Just wondering :)